“I do this thing where I literally black out, and then the song’s over. I’m not even registering what I’m doing – it’s beyond muscle memory”: Kyle Seely has been playing the same Telecaster since he was a teen – but Sheer Mag keep evolving

Kyle Seely of Sheer Mag performs live
(Image credit: Bryan J. Sutter/The Arts STL)

10 years in, Sheer Mag lead guitarist Kyle Seely is dialed into his band’s beguiling breadth of boogie, southern rock, ‘80s metal, and power pop sounds like never before.

A recent trio of vinyl reissues of the Philly unit’s earliest material, via Jack White’s Third Man Records, act as a primer for fans who missed it the first time around. For himself, Seely says he’s at a point where he’s psychically bonded with his hottest licks. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.